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KUHLAU: Piano Sonatinas, Opp. 55, 88 (Jando)

Composer(s):Kuhlau, Friedrich
Artist(s) Jando, Jeno, piano
Period(s) Classical (1750-1830)
Genre Classical Music
Category Instrumental
Catalogue 8.570710
Label Naxos
Quality   320kbps
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Born in Germany, Friedrich Kuhlau established himself in Copenhagen as a pianist, composer and teacher. His Piano Sonatinas seem to have been intended either for teaching purposes or otherwise for the amateur market, combining a certain charm with clarity of texture and classical form. This collection forms a companion to Naxos 8.570709, which comprises the Sonatas, Op. 59, and Sonatinas, Op. 20.


Review By David Denton,Naxos,June 2008

Last month I gave a rather guarded welcome to a disc of Friedrich Kuhlau’s Sonatas and Sonatinas describing them as the work of a modestly gifted kapellmeister. I recalled that Kuhlau had been born in Germany in 1786, fleeing to Copenhagen when Napoleon invaded Hamburg. He had found life difficult in Denmark, and in an effort to support his parents he became a hack-writer turning out countless works of a popular nature. Even when success eventually arrived with an opera Elverhoj (The Elf Mound), ill fortune still dogged him, and soon after that success both of his parents died and his home burned down. Added together the two events broke his already frail health and he died aged 46. Even in that short life he had composed a considerable amount of music, including much



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